Synopses & Reviews
A unique and dramatice look at growing up female in America from pre-Colonial days to the present. Eyewitness accounts highlight girls' spirit, will, courage, and contributions.
From the perspective of girls themselves, this book traces the always spirited and yet sometimes disheartening history of growing up female. Young girls from all regions of the country, from all walks of life, of different races, ethnicities, religions, and classes are given a collective voice in this true story of everyday triumphs and trials. Drawing on diaries, letters, memoirs, household manuals, advice books, and photographs, Penny Colman adds the all-important human ingredient to a history with which all young people can identify - that of growing up in America.
Rich in historical detail, "Girls" draws on eyewitness accounts, diaries, letters, memoirs, slave narratives, household manuals, and photos to chronicle the stories of females growing up in America from pre-colonial days to the present.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 185-187) and index.
About the Author
Born in Denver, Colorado, Penny Colman also lived in Oregon, Washington and Kentucky before her parents settled in North Warren, a small town in the northwest corner of Pennsylvania. Her father was a psychiatrist with a position at the state hospital. She lived on the grounds of the mental hospital along with her father, her mother, an artist, and three brothers. When Penny was eleven years old, a writer and photographer came to do an article titled, "The Strangest Place to Find a Happy Family” that was published in Redbook Magazine.
After two years of college, Penny decided to hitchhike through Europe. When she returned home, she finished college, went to graduate school, got married, and had three children (two were twins) all within four years. For the next seventeen years, Penny Colman threw herself into being an active mom, minister's wife, volunteer, on-and-off writer, teacher, consultant, project manager, and art gallery owner. Finally, she decided to be a full-time writer in 1987, embarking on a challenging and exciting career. She writes for readers of all ages on a wide variety of topics.
Table of Contents
"It's a girl!": Understanding gender -- By land and by sea: How girls came to America -- In their mothers' footsteps: Girls in the early colonial period -- New ideas: Girls in the late colonial period -- Making demands; girls in the early nineteenth century -- Diverse lives: Girls in the mid-nineteenth century -- New opportunities: Girls in the late nineteenth century -- "Prize it!": Girls in the early twentieth century -- Changes and challenges: Girls in the mid-twentieth century -- Unprecedented possibilities: Girls approaching the millennium.